A couple in their early thirties, in the second trimester of pregnancy with twins, transferred their care from their reproductive endocrinologist to defendant, a board certified obstetrician. The defendant claimed that he advised the plaintiff to get cervical ultrasounds every two weeks to monitor her cervical competency, but the plaintiff denied receiving such information. The plaintiff did undergo two ultrasounds that reported her cervix was in normal condition. Subsequently, the plaintiff went to the hospital with symptoms of pink discharge, but tests came back negative and she was sent home. The plaintiff returned to the hospital five days later and was found to be in labor at 24 weeks, with her cervix dilated and effaced, which resulted in the death of a girl twin, and a premature, legally blind baby boy. Plaintiff contended the doctor fell below accepted standards of care by not implementing his plan to monitor her cervix by way of ultrasound every two weeks. Had he done so, he would have discovered her cervix to be incompetent early in the second trimester, which would have prompted the implementation of medical strategies that likely would have avoided the births at 24 weeks and consequent death and blindness.
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